Prince Harry and Meghan are set to move out of Kensington Palace and away from London, it has been reported.
The newlyweds are said to be setting up home in the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the birth of their first child next spring.
The move will see Prince Harry live apart from Prince William amid reports of growing tension between the traditionally close pair.
The brothers are also believed to be about to divide their ‘court’ at Kensington Palace to create two separate offices.
The Queen is reported to have given Harry and Meghan Frogmore Cottage at Windsor, which is having a multi-million pound refit paid for by the taxpayer.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to move into the ten-bedroom house sometime next year.
A royal source told the Sun: ‘The initial plan was for Harry and Meghan to move out of their cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace and into one of the main apartments.
‘But there has been a bit of tension between the brothers.
‘Now Harry and Meghan don’t want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own.
‘They need more room and hope Frogmore Cottage will be ready in time for when they have the baby.’
Kensington Palace has declined to comment.
Windsor holds a special place in the heart of Prince Harry and Meghan.
They married there in St George’s Chapel last May and the reception was at Frogmore House.
Last week reports surfaced that Prince William and Harry and their wives were planning to divide their offices.
Today’s reports appear to confirm that the fab-four are drifting apart.
As their families grow and their royal roles diverge, the brothers are not relying on each other in the same way.
They were each other’s main support since the death of their mother in 1997 and Prince Harry moved into Kensington Palace to be close to his big brother and wife Kate.
However a source said: ‘William and Harry’s double act has naturally been supplanted by the two couples and their families.’
Meghan and Harry have said they want to raise their child as normally as possible.
However, William and Kate’s three children – George, Charlotte and Louis – will be under more of a spotlight because of their place in the line of succession.
There is no reason why Harry and Meghan need to stay in London.
A source added: ‘They will soon have separate offices and separate lives, so it would make sense for them to live further afield.’